Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Registration Opens for The Big Five-Oh


The day has finally arrived! Registration for our biggest event ever, the 50th Anniversary Summer Conference, is now open. This virtual event, which will be held live from July 29 through August 2, features a super-star lineup of over 50 industry leaders speaking on over 50 “How To” topics for writers and illustrators of children’s books. Keep reading for more!  



Registration will remain open until the week of the event. Tuition for the main conference is $150 for members, $250 for non-members. Additional events, such as the Intensives, Portfolio Showcase, and Roundtable Pitches are an additional fee. The Illustrators’ Intensive is included in the main conference tuition and is open to all attendees. More information regarding tuition can be found on our main conference homepage HERE. For those interested in financial assistance opportunities, we invite you to view our 20+ scholarships HERE. Many of these are exclusive to underrepresented creators.


To celebrate our Golden Anniversary, we’re breaking the mold this year and providing an all-new conference format for attendees. Instead of hour-long conversations, we’re getting straight to the meat of each topic with over 50 fifteen or thirty-minute keynotes offering concrete and specific advice on all aspects of creating children’s books. Whether you’re working on your first manuscript or publishing your tenth book, the Big Five-Oh has something for everyone at any stage of their career and is open to SCBWI members and non-members. View the complete lineup and schedule HERE


With stars like Kwame Alexander, Darcie Little Badger, Mahogany Browne, Kacen Callendar, and Shaun Tan this event promises to be a repository of information and fun for kid lit creators and enthusiasts. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating and, please, share this with your community! 


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For more news regarding our fiftieth-anniversary, read SCBWI 50th Anniversary Year Kicks Off with The Big Five-Oh Conference and visit our Instagram or Twitter for updates and announcements.